This course is being updated by the examination board so there will be some changes.
The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering including renewable energy, space, aerospace, creative industries, automotive and civil.
By 2020 the engineering sector is projected to have 2.74 million job opportunities.
The course allows learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for progression into a range of roles within the industry, using relevant software throughout the course.
At SFX students will gain a thorough grounding in engineering theory principles, putting these into practice through classroom experiments, industry visits and university partnerships.
The Project (Unit 3) integrates the knowledge and skills learners have gained throughout their programme of study into a major piece of work which could be a product, device or service.
Students can take one or two A levels alongside the Diploma in Engineering. For example:
Unit 1: Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
Unit 2: Communications for Engineering Technicians
Unit 3: Engineering Project (worth double credits)
Unit 4: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and Applications
Unit 6: Electrical and Electronic Principles
Students take a range of units, e.g. Engineering Materials, Photonics and Electrical Technology.
…is through written assignments, practical work, presentations and coursework which will be compiled into a portfolio to demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained on the course.
A degree in many types of Engineering at most UK universities or employment in a related field.
Foundation degrees and HNDs are also available, and there is a vast selection of apprenticeships on offer in the UK.
You will go on a number of trips to see Engineering in action, for example:
• Thames Bridges
• SELCHP powerstation
• Mini car manufacture